Flooding ruins driveway, family turns to county

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, June 13, 2013

North Augusta family's driveway ruined after flooding, hoping Edgefield County will help them out.

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- A North Augusta family is still dealing with the aftermath of last week's heavy rain.

"I don't know what else to do. I honestly don't know what else to do," said Jametric Roberts.

It's not even safe to walk on Roberts' driveway right now ... much less drive on it.

He's lived in North Augusta for more than a decade.

His fiancee, Whitney Parham, moved in three years ago, and they say every time it storms, rain runoff from the street carves out a big mess.

"The way the street is, I guess, all of the rain from the road comes down this way," she said. "Running right down the driveway and carrying all of our gravel and concrete and everything off into the woods. So, it's just a driveway we can't even use."

They say the county does respond, and every time, they build more of a ditch underneath the driveway. But they say it has yet to help and now they're dealing with an issue that's bigger than it's every been before.

"Look at my cable wires. It's horrible, I mean, undriveable."

To reach their home, they've had to drive through the neighbor's yard.

"I've tried a few times just to park up here at the road," Parham said. "But I have a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter."

"And, you know, they're full of energy and they want to come outside and play," Roberts said. "But I can't do it because my driveway is such a potential hazard."

The county did respond on Wednesday, but since the driveway is private property, crews couldn't touch it.

They both understand that but say the county should still fix it because the floodwater comes from a county street.

"I'm really just hoping to come in and out of my yard, like I'm supposed to," Parham said. "Just hoping to be able to use the driveway would be nice."

"I just want to be treated fairly. Because, right now, I feel like I'm being railroaded," Roberts said. "I mean, they are using my driveway as the runoff for the whole street."

Crews haven't been able to do anything yet, but that doesn't mean they won't. These things are handled on a case-by-case basis.

News 12 reached out to Edgefield County Roads and Bridges, but the director isn't available until Monday.

Until then, county workers are still looking into this. A crew was out there on Thursday.

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